Our lives are in danger-HH
By Staff Reporter
Opposition United Party for National Development president Hakainde Hichilema says lives of Zambians are in danger as police and PF cadres have continued discharging live ammunition on the innocent people in Sesheke constituency.
Yesterday and today heavily armed State police continued discharging live ammunition towards Hichilema in Zambia’s Western province.
And Hichilema deputy press secretary Brian Mwiinga said into the early hours of today, Hichilema endured life threatening situations from the police and Patriotic Front party cadres.
“Today, Mr Hichilema and his entourage at about 13:20 hours started off from Sesheke town to Kalobolelwa Ward and as they drove past the town centre of Sesheke, thousands thronged to the roadside to catch a glimpse of him following assassination attempts by State and the PF operatives last night,” said Mwiinga
Mwiinga said immediately Hichilema entourage passed through the town, heavily armed State Police came guns blazing and issuing threatening remarks that even after the same police and the Electoral Commission of Zambia granted campaign to the UPND ahead of the 12th February, 2019 parliamentary by-election.
“And I can state here that Mr Hichilema is being under severe threat from the heavily armed State Police and PF cadres who yesterday and into early hours of today nearly took his life as can be seen in pictures. The PF cadres are carrying all kinds of weapons including teargas which in a lawful country is a preserve of the professional police,” he said
Meanwhile, unconfirmed reports says firing of live ammunition by the state police in Sesheke has left two people dead But police have claimed that no life was lost.
Inspector general of police Kakoma Kanganja claimed that Zambia Police are concerned with yesterday’s happenings involving political violence in Sesheke District.
“We would like to categorically state that we will not tolerate any Indi perpetrating violence and that we will sternly deal with any one that would be found wanting. The Zambia Police Service wishes to state that no live ammunition was fired by our officers that were dispersing the unruly crowd in Sesheke yesterday. We also wish to further clarify that no life was lost yesterday as a result of this fracas,” said Kanganja
He said Zambia Police have since reinforced officers on the ground to deal with any further disturbances in the area.
“I therefore call upon all police officers to ensure that they use proportionate force in ensuring that violence is brought to a stop. The police will institute an inquiry to bring to book all those that could have perpetuated this violence. We are appealing to the electorates of Sesheke and all political parties participating in the Sesheke bye-election to exercise restraint and tolerance as required in a civilized democratic society during and after the elections,” he said
And now the electoral commission of Zambia said following the reported incidents of electoral violence in Sesheke District, the Commission is monitoring the developments on the ground, and has encourage all political parties to comply with campaign timetables to avoid possible clashes.
ECZ Public relation officer Margaret Chimanse has challenged the Police to remain professional and ensure that agreed campaign schedules are adhered to, and are conducted in a peaceful atmosphere.
“The Commission wishes to remind political parties and their candidates that it will not hesitate to disqualify any offenders who may contravene the Electoral Process Act No. 35 of 2016, if the situation degenerates any further. Furthermore, the Commission wishes to appeal to the media, particularly social media, on the need to report accurately in order to avoid alarming the general public,” said Chimanse
And the father to UPND Sesheke Parliamentary candidate Romeo Kang’ombe has died.
Kang’ombe hasn’t been feeling well for quite some time and was admitted at Yeta district hospital.